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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Winter Events & Programs
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 23 Apr
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.
Sat 27 Apr
City Nature Challenge
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore nature all around and help document what you find! Collected data and pictures will be shared with the iNaturalist application. All ages welcome to drop by any time during the program, bring your smart phone!
Sat 27 Apr
Art in the Park: Papermaking
Saturday, April 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create with us! Please RSVP to each individual date that you plan to attend by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

[4/27] Papermaking: Use recycled paper scraps to make rustic paper of your own in this earth-friendly workshop. Best for ages 5 and up.

Registration: Required
Tue 30 Apr
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Show your love for Clay Pit Ponds by helping maintain our trails. Best for ages 10 and up. RSVP at https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day.
Registration: Required

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